Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Snow Birds Vacate - Nesting Birds Stay

Well, alot has happened since my last post.  Mom and Dave visited and stayed with us for a few days.  My neice Meaghan graduated from high school! Which was one reason for Mom and Dave's visit.  We had a busy week or so with very little birding opportunities. 

This past weekend, Connie and I headed back to the cabin in Potter County for some chores and, as it turns out, rest.  We planned to hike, ride our motorcycles, paint, get the plumber and the bug guy.  We only got the plumber, one ride and one hike due to rain and pure exhaustion. People who know me will be shocked to learn that I splept until 9 AM on Saturday after working a full day on Friday, driving to the cabin and arriving at 1:45 AM.  I haven't slept until 9 AM since I was 14 years old and had the flu.

As it turns out, we didn't need to go far for the birds.  Here is the list of birds that are right in our yard or close proximity this year:

Warblers - Blackburnian, Black and White, Am. Redstart, Nashville, Hooded, Yellow-rumped, Common Yellow Throat, Yellow Warbler
Other birds - Great Crested and Least Flycatchers, Phoebe, Cedar Waxwings, Indigo Buntings, Tree Swallows, Bluebirds, Hermit Thrush, Wood Thrush, Turkeys, Ruffed Grouse (w/ 8 babies), Towhees, Pileated Woodpeckers, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers and more.

Wildlife this trip includes plenty of deer and a close up look at a Porcupine.  Those things are much bigger than I thought. They look like Beavers with really pointy fur!  And they can move faster than I thought too but we stayed far enough away to still be able to drink beer without leaking it all over.

I did manage to get so many fly bites on my head and neck that I look like I have Chicken Pox! Gross.
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